Kano gov fires 44 local council Hajj officials
The Governor of Kano, Abba Yusuf has fired the Centre officers saddle with the responsibility of overseeing the Hajj affairs in the 44 Local Government Areas in the state and replaced them with interim officers to coordinate the ongoing operations of intending pilgrims for the 2023 Hajj across the state.
According to the PUNCH, this was contained in a statement issued early Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sanusi Batute Dawakin-Tofa, noting that the interim local Hajj officers have been directed to take over all responsibilities from the former officers.
He said the newly appointed officers to had been ordered report to the new Director General of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board on Sunday 4th June, for further directive at the Board’s Headquarters.
The Governor Yusuf had recently replaced Amb. Mohammad Danbatta, the former executive secretary of the board with Alhaji Laminu Rabiu as the new Director General of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board.
The sacking of the 44 Hajj Centre officers was announced less than a few hours before the commencement of the airlift of the state pilgrims which is expected to begin Sunday, 4th June.
It was also leanrt that at least 700 intending pilgrims from the state missed the 2022 Hajj following a disagreement over the choice of an airline to airlift pilgrims from the state.
Recall that HAJJ REPORTERS had earlier advised the incoming state governors not to change officials of the pilgrims’ welfare boards in their respective states as doing so will have negative effects on Hajj operations.